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Emerging Crypto Landscape in UAE

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is quickly becoming a global hub for cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. In recent years, the UAE government has taken a number of steps to create a favorable regulatory environment for the crypto industry, including:

  • In 2018, the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) became one of the first jurisdictions in the world to introduce a comprehensive regulatory framework for virtual assets.
  • In 2020, the Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA) issued the Crypto Assets Activities Regulation (CAAR), which governs the offering, issuing, listing, and trading of crypto assets in the UAE.
  • In 2022, the Dubai Virtual Assets Regulatory Authority (VARA) was established to regulate virtual asset activities in Dubai.

As a result of these developments, the UAE is now home to a thriving crypto ecosystem, with a growing number of exchanges, custodians, and other crypto businesses operating in the country.

Regulatory Landscape

The regulatory landscape for crypto in the UAE is still evolving, but it is generally considered to be one of the most favorable in the world. The ADGM’s Virtual Asset Framework (VAF) is a comprehensive regulatory framework that provides clear guidance on the requirements for businesses that want to operate in the crypto space. The CAAR also provides some specific guidance on the regulation of crypto assets, such as the requirement for issuers to register with the SCA.

The VARA is the newest regulatory body in the UAE, and it is still in the process of developing its regulations. However, the VARA has stated that it intends to adopt a “technology-neutral” approach to regulation, which means that it will not discriminate against specific types of crypto assets or businesses.

Opportunities for Businesses

The UAE’s favorable regulatory environment has created a number of opportunities for businesses in the crypto space. These opportunities include:

  • Setting up a crypto exchange or custodian in the UAE.
  • Offering crypto-related services, such as trading, lending, or staking.
  • Developing and deploying blockchain-based solutions.
  • Raising capital through an initial coin offering (ICO).

The UAE is also home to a number of accelerators and incubators that are specifically focused on the crypto industry. These programs can provide businesses with the resources and support they need to succeed in the UAE market.


The UAE is a rapidly growing hub for cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. The country’s favorable regulatory environment and supportive ecosystem make it an attractive destination for businesses in the crypto space. If you are considering setting up a crypto business, the UAE is a great place to start.

Our Role

Our law firm is a pioneer in the field of emerging technology law in the UAE. We have extensive experience advising businesses on the legal and regulatory aspects of crypto and blockchain technology. We can help you navigate the UAE’s regulatory landscape and establish a successful crypto business in the country.

If you are interested in learning more about the opportunities for businesses in the crypto space in the UAE, please contact us today. We would be happy to discuss your specific needs and provide you with the legal advice you need to succeed.

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